Martha Swetzoff

Adjunct Instructor

Digital Film/Video Production | Storrs


Education: M.S. ViS. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, 1989

A.B. in Anthropology, Harvard College, cum laude, 1984

Language(s) Spoken: Français (French)

Areas of Research/Artistic Focus: Documentary, episodic television; experimental uses of moving images; DADA and avant garde movements; adapting history

Martha Swetzoff is a filmmaker, punk guitarist, media designer, and educator. Her independent films include the award-winning “Theme: Murder,” a feature documentary about the unsolved murder of her father, distributed by New Day Films, and experimental shorts that incorporate her imagery, music and sound design. Her work has screened in festivals domestically and internationally, had a theatrical run at the Laemmle Theater in LA, and broadcast on WGBH. She was nominated for a Lortel award as projection designer for the original production of “The Laramie Project,” one of several theater projects. Her experience includes interactive and linear production. She has taught 16mm and video production for documentary and narrative classes at Harvard, RISD, and UCLA. She has an AB cum laude from Harvard College and an MS ViS from the MIT Media Lab. Her experience in music recording comes from playing in several bands in Boston and New York: her pioneering all-girl punk band, Bound & Gagged, has a vinyl re-release in production. She’s received grants from the NEA, Mass Cultural Council; LEF Foundation; Fondation Arp; and others.

Recent Research AchievementsFellowship, Fondation Arp; PAGE Awards, semi-finalist; IFP No Borders Selection; SeriesFest Pitch selection

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